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DR: Test and test again

A recent roundtable gathered business leaders to debate the findings of iland's 'State of IT Disaster Recovery Amongst UK Businesses' survey; Monica Brink, EMEA Marketing Director, summarises the conversation.

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Welcome to the May issue of our eNewsletter, which includes a report from a recent round table event discussing the effectiveness – or otherwise – or DR strategies in UK business. In the aftermath of the recent (and still ongoing) mass outages caused by the Wannacry ransomware, this piece is particularly timely. With a shocking 95% of companies reporting some kind of IT outage in the last 12 months, it is easy to see why the article calls for DR to be ‘baked in’ rather than seen as an add-on.

Most businesses have a complex environment with legacy systems so can't really expect 100% availability all of the time. DR isn't about failing over an entire site any more; it's about pre-empting issues (i.e. testing) and making sure that everything is going to work before you make changes to a system. As the article’s author, iland’s Monica Brink, concludes: “There appears to be an intrinsic disconnect between what management wants to hear in terms of DR recovery times and what management wants to spend.” As long as that remains the case, perhaps we are bound to see more Wannacry-type disasters.

David Tyler

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